Ex-Nigerian ambassador to the UK warns against government crackdown on media

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Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Isola, the former Nigerian high commissioner to the UK, has urged the Nigerian government to avoid regulating the media and instead urges those working in the field to self-regulate.

This was stated by Ishola on Friday in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, during his first year as the executive of the NUJ Ogun Council.

An address entitled “Security and Media: A Partnership for National Development” was presented at the gathering.

The event’s chairman, Ishola, made the comment that a self-regulated media will do its job well and gain society’s respect.

Additionally, he urged reporters to cover stories truthfully while keeping the country’s security in mind.

The atmosphere of national security is crucial, but news can be reported. Why? Reason being, we live in a global village.

People like (Felix) Adenaike, Peter Ajayi, and (Olusegun) Osoba were around when we were kids. Their vocation was highly esteemed, and we used to refer to them as the “three musketeers.”

If you want to be respected and keep your reputation intact, you need to self-regulate, not the government. That’s my position. People all throughout the globe hold journalists in high esteem. He further added, “You have a responsibility to do that since this is the cradle of journalism in Nigeria.” He was referring to Ogun NUJ.

The event will recognize several distinguished individuals, including Ogun East senator Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Ogun State housing commissioner Jagunmolu Omoniyi, Ogun State House of Assembly member Elemide Oludaisi, Ogunsola Adesina, and the Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area chairman, among others.

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